Sentencing in Mariental fatal stabbing case set for October

24 Sep 2015 14:30pm


A Mariental resident who was last Monday found guilty of fatally stabbing his girlfriend during December 2012, will face sentencing early next month.

The 41-year-old Abraham Jantze was on 14 September this year found guilty by High Court Judge Alfred Siboleka on a charge of murdering his girlfriend Magdalena Susanna Kooper on 08 December 2012 at the Ombili location in Mariental in the Hardap Region.

He was found guilty with intention to kill and this charge was dealt with by the court in terms of the provisions of the Combating of Domestic Violence Act Four of 2003.

Jantze was also convicted on the count of assault with intent to do grievous bodily harm for stabbing the sister of the deceased person, Katrina Kooper, with a knife, causing some minor wounds, as well as a further charge of assault by threat for threatening to stab Willem Queen while wielding an open knife that day.

Presiding High Court Judge Siboleka, after having listened to oral submissions of the evidence of mitigation and aggravation of sentencing by both the defence lawyer and prosecution representative, said he will hand down the punishment in the matter on 07 October this year.

In his submissions, Jantze's Government-funded defence lawyer Milton Engelbrecht asked the court to impose a lenient sentence that would not break his client's chances of possible rehabilitation.

On his part, the prosecution representative, State Advocate Cliff Lutibezi, asked the court to impose a long custodial punishment of about 40 years in respect of the charge of murder because women and girls are being killed by their male partners for "ridiculous reasons" in today's world.

Undisputed evidence presented during trial has it that Jantze had stabbed the deceased person several times in the left shoulder and in her back after having chased her around with the knife held high in his hand.

It is reported that Jantze stabbed the deceased when he found her in bed with her ex-boyfriend, Gavin Wimmerth, who is also the father of her nine-month-old son, on the day of the incident.

However, both Katrina and Wimmerth testified how convicted Jantze was angry about Wimmerth's visit to his house and that he repeatedly asked the deceased person and Wimmerth whether there was still something between them, which both denied.

Medical evidence of the post-mortem examination presented before court showed that the deceased person had suffered a deep penetrating stab injury of about four-by-one-centimetre long and six-by-five-centimetre deep on the left shoulder, and another quite deep stab wound in her back which penetrated the internal chest cavity.

According to the evidence, the first stab injury was the cause of death while the second stab wound caused severe blood loss and also caused the collapse of her left lung. Windhoek-based defence lawyer Engelbrecht is defending Jantze on the instructions of the Justice Ministry's Directorate of Legal Aid.